I was a little concerned when one of them said that she was a little claustrophobic. I explained that if there was anything they did not want to do, they have no obligation to do everything. There is always another way around in this cave. They all surprised me.
Not only did they go through every tight passage I could find, they climbed and squeezed spots most groups never attempt. As Michelle said, “They are fiercely brave.”
This was just a small group from the club. The idea was they would schedule more than one trip so everyone would have a chance at a great trip. If this is an indication of what the rest of the members are like, the next group should be awesome, too.
I’m hoping that they consider going on more challenging trips in the future. There is a lot they can look forward to seeing, and they all are capable cavers.
If you want more information about taking youth groups caving, or you're just curious about what's involved with getting kids underground, visit the National Speleological Society - Youth Group Liaison Committee at www.caves.org/youth. Or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but well placed footprint, kill nothing but time." - cavers' creed.